Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other News

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Southeast Raleigh Nonprofit Grocery Store Provides Shopping Oasis in Food Desert
The Ship of Zion Ministries and Hope Community Church sponsored a new nonprofit grocery store backed by Whole Foods market. The 900-foot Galley Grocery Store smack dab in Southeast Raleigh shelves...more



Programs for the Homeless Granted $7.3 Million
Greene, Warren, Miami and Montgomery county programs working to fight homelessness each receive a part of the $7.3 million in grant renewals by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development...more

Raya, the Sanitation Muppet at Reinvent the Toilet Fair
Raya the Sanitation Muppet, first introduced at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India, is the latest addition to the beloved children's show, Sesame Street. She will appear as part of Sesame Street's...more

Volunteering Improves Mental, Emotional and Chronic Health Conditions, Study Finds
According to the 2013 Health and Volunteering Study conducted by Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group, volunteering can improve mental, emotional and chronic health conditions. It was also found out...more

Friends in Ghana Form Nonprofit to Train Mothers for Jobs
Friends Rebecca Brandt and Callie Brauel, along with Ghanaian Emmanuel Tetteh Quarmyne, formed a nonprofit they dubbed as A Ban Against Neglect, or ABAN that would recycle used plastic water bags...more

Awards Event Honors Outstanding Individuals for Civic Engagement
The recent Civic Engagement Awards honors outstanding citizens for partaking in services to the community in earnest. Various award recipients earned appreciation for their leadership and...more

NASSM Conference Doles Out Homeless World Cup and Free Beer
A pre-conference event held by the North American Society of Sports Management (NASSM), an organization dynamically involved in supporting professionals working in the fields of sports, leisure and...more

Green Square Meals Offers Homeless a Warm Place to Stay During Winter
Green Square meals, which provides a hot meals to any one in need, has opened its doors to the homeless. The homeless were provided some extra beds, cots, pillows and blankets. According to Green...more

Facebook Users Dabble In Philanthropy
A group of Facebook users has recently announced the launch of the A3 Foundation at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The foundation, spearheaded by Philip Fung, a long time Facebook veteran,...more

Volunteers Help Plow the Streets
After a Facebook posting that appeared on an NBC10 page about an unplowed street, a local volunteer in Providence grabbed his truck and plowed it himself. Thanks to the Serve Rhode Island, a...more






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Social Enterprise Is Re-Housing Unwanted Furniture


Social Enterprise Is Re-Housing Unwanted Furniture

Weston Mill-based social enterprise Surplus Rescue CIC (Community Interest Company) recycles and finds homes for unwanted furniture. To date, it has received “extensive amounts” of quality second-hand furniture including desks, pedestals, cupboards and office chairs from a former local authority office equipment – and wants to find them a good home.




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